Originally created 12/03/01

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Jail fight costs inmate 2 teeth

A Richmond County inmate lost two front teeth in a fight with a cellmate Sunday morning, authorities said.

Leroy Bennett, a convicted felon awaiting trial on charges of raping a woman during a 1996 home invasion, was treated at University Hospital and returned to the jail on Walton Way, sheriff's Investigator Bill Walker said.

Mr. Bennett, 47, told investigators he got into an argument with another inmate about 8 a.m. The cellmate struck him twice - first with a fist to the face and then with an aerosol can to the teeth, Investigator Walker said. The cans are used by inmates to clean their cells.

Charles Maurice Brown, 25, was charged with aggravated battery, Investigator Walker said. Mr. Brown is awaiting trial on charges connected to several armed robberies.

Woman arrested in stabbing of ex-boyfriend

A North Augusta woman was being held at the Richmond County jail Sunday on charges she attacked her ex-boyfriend with a knife Saturday night.

Fay Connie Hall, 45, of the 400 block of Ridge View Manor, was involved in an argument with Lance Davis at his home on Stevens Creek Road, said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Bill Kitchens. Ms. Hall took a knife from the kitchen and stabbed Mr. Davis twice, he said.

Investigator Kitchens said Mr. Davis suffered a stab wound to his left thigh and a 3-inch cut to the left side of his head. The victim subdued and held his ex-girlfriend until police arrived at the scene, according to the investigator.

Ms. Hall was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime. She was being held at the jail on $27,100 bond, jail officials said.

Motorcycle accident injures investigator

An off-duty Columbia County sheriff's investigator was injured Sunday when his personal motorcycle collided with a car on Washington Road, police said.

Brian Jones, 31, of Evans, the driver of a Honda Shadow, suffered multiple fractures to his arms, legs and pelvis, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris. He was listed in serious condition Sunday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, hospital spokesman Steve Padgett said.

The driver of the car, a Toyota Camry, also was injured and taken to MCG for treatment, police said. Her name was not released at the request of the sheriff's department, said Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Don Smith.

The accident occurred about 6:20 p.m. when Investigator Jones, heading west, struck the left side of the Camry as it was leaving the Chimney Hill subdivision on Fieldstone Way and was turning east onto Washington Road, Sgt. Smith said.

Charges have not been filed pending an investigation, the sergeant said.

Pregnant teen tells mother she was raped

The mother of a 14-year-old Augusta girl who is pregnant told investigators Sunday that her daughter says she was attacked and raped while walking to school in October, authorities said.

According to a sheriff's report, the mother found out the daughter was pregnant recently after the teen was taken to the hospital with abdominal pains. The daughter told her mother she was raped Oct. 26, a sheriff's report states. The girl said a man forced her into his vehicle and raped her. She said she didn't report it because the rapist threatened to kill her if she told anyone, the report states.

Six floats take honors in Christmas parade

Six floats were honored in two categories Sunday during the annual Lions Club Christmas Parade in North Augusta, organizers said.

In the commercial division, judges awarded first place to The Dance Shoppe. Bath Woodworking Shop took second place with a float featuring a bouncy snowman and several elves. Tip Toes & Taps won third.

In the noncommercial division, Graniteville First Baptist Church won first place for its float featuring a large rotating globe and the words, "Peace & Good Will." Second place went to Hammond Grove Baptist Church, which featured singing adults and children who were dressed as Christmas presents. Third place was won by Cub Scout Pack 7.

Two men face charges in tip-jar theft scheme

Two Augusta men have been charged in a scheme to steal tip money from bartenders at Coyotes Nightclub, authorities said.

Lawrence Dustin Smith, 23, and Michael Shawn Moore, 24, were arrested Saturday and charged with misdemeanor theft by taking under $500, a sheriff's report states.

A deputy working at the club on Peach Orchard Road said he observed one man acting as lookout while the other ordered a cup of water and then grabbed a handful of cash from the tip jar, the report states.

The pair went from location to location within the bar, repeating the scheme before their arrest, the report states.